Sugarbird

Sugarbird

by Paul Reddick

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Overview

Sugarbird

Producer/guitarist Colin Linden's name might not be on the front cover of Reddick's third solo release and first in four years, but he's as much a part of this disc's -- and Reddick's two previous projects -- creation as the headliner. Linden co-writes all but two tracks with Reddick, and his guitar drives the music nearly as forcefully as the singer's voice and occasional harmonica. Even though Reddick is considered a blues artist, he nimbly injects folk into the style (the acoustic finger-pinging of "Morning Bell"), '60s slow dance pop (the intriguingly titled "John Lennon in New Orleans" that even name checks "Sleepwalk" in its lyrics), Stones-styled rock ("Every Temptation") and especially oozing, swampy roots music ("If by This"). Between the various styles, his poetic lyrics, and a revolving door group of musicians (only Linden plays on every track), the set is somewhat difficult to nail down. But the partnership of Reddick's unassuming, everyman voice and Linden's innovative studio touch -- somewhat like that of Daniel Lanois -- yields a moving, emotional, and always grounded set that flows with grace and class. The bluesiest track is "Block of Wood," a tough, grimy Chicago shuffle that clatters and clunks its way through an inspired Reddick harp solo. Elsewhere, on "Breathless Girls," the duo plies a folksy Americana, somewhat like that of the Band (whose Levon Helm and Garth Hudson contribute to a few cuts) that's so southern you can almost hear the mosquitoes buzzing. Horns prime "It's Later Than You Think," an original you'd swear was an old Sinatra nugget with its swinging tempo and Vegas big-band swizzle stick groove. While the songs are a varied lot, the Reddick-Linden team's reach never exceeds its grasp. The resulting album takes interesting, even unusual twists, such as the military percussion and watery, distant vocal treatment that appears and disappears in "I Will Vanish." That makes this collection a challenging, satisfying listen that never goes in the direction you'd think. Reddick is a blues-roots artist unafraid to push boundaries while staying true the genre's deep seated honesty.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Northern Blues
UPC: 0809509005024
catalogNumber: 50
Rank: 301000

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Reddick   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Gary Craig   Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Drums,Tubular Bells
Garth Hudson   Accordion
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Colin Linden   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Bass,12-string Guitar,national steel guitar,Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Jim McMillen   Saxophone
David Roe   Upright Bass
John Whynot   Piano
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Jim Thompson   Trombone
Bryan Owings   Drums
Joe Sublette   Saxophone
Jim Thompson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Darrell Leonard   Horn Arrangements
Colin Linden   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John James Audubon   Text
Paul Reddick   Composer
Kate Schutt   Composer

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